Thursday, April 13, 2017

Always The Same

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  Heb 13:8

We live in a world where things seem to be constantly changing. Technology changes at an incredible pace, to the point where it’s hard to know if you are up to date with what is going on. Some people keep up better than others.

I don’t mind technology, but generally speaking, I do not like change. For most people, change can be stressful and difficult. Unfortunately, in our world, change is certain; we cannot avoid it.

Maybe that is one reason this verse is very comforting to me. It is comforting to know there is someone that we can go to that is unchanging. It encourages me when things around me seem to be in constant flux.

However, there is an even more important reason for the comfort of this verse. Imagine serving a god who was constantly changing his mind. A god that changed directions at a whim. That reminds me of the Greek and Roman gods of mythology. They were capricious and changing all the time. It was impossible to know what they would be like next.

Fortunately, they are only myths. We serve the living God, who is unchanging. He is now just as He was in the beginning. What a great comfort. What He said, He will do. His Word never changes.

Because man is constantly changing his environment, and his way of thinking, He is not comfortable with an unchanging God. Man would like God to change His Word to adjust to man’s way of thinking. Convinced that he is becoming more intelligent and civilized, man believes that the truth must change to adapt to him.

I’m very thankful that God is not changing His truth. The truth is that while man thinks he is advancing, his heart has never changed. It is not God that needs to change, it is man that needs to change. It then follows that the only one that can change man is the unchanging God.

We can fully and completely rely on our unchanging Lord, because we know that He will not fail to do all that He has said, and He will not change His mind about His love for us. Take comfort in this verse daily.

Gordon Crook